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This historic lighthouse, named after the carrier pigeon, is more than a century old.
210 Pigeon Point Rd, Hwy 1, Pescadero, CA 94060-9713
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views of the green hills, craggy coast, surf and the blue ocean is breathtaking here. The lighthouse ties them together beautifully as if the landscape is a poetry! It is also a spot, reasonably close to the urban bay area where folks can get...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 331saibals
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you see it from the north, south or dead ahead, this is probably the best photo op you will find along the entire California coast. Take a few minutes and enjoy it.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Very pretty area, though the lighthouse has been closed for 20 years and doesn’t look to be opening soon. I recommend staying a couple of nights at the hostel and checking out the elephant seals!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JohnGladding
Reviewed April 12, 2019

This light house is absolutely worth stopping at. The light house itself is small inside but it's a spectacular vista point, then you can walk along the edge to another fenced view point. There is also a small gift shop with unique items and books....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LA_dweller
Reviewed April 3, 2019

I recently was driving up the spectacular Highway 1, between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, CA. A bit before half way, the driver will come upon a beautiful lightstation called Pigeon Point Lighthouse. On a clear day the views are magnificant! I was driving in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019

This was a really neat place to visit. The folks that work there are super friendly and it is a wonderful historic place to visit. We saw whales from the viewing platform and enjoyed all of the flora and fauna. We made a donation and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

The volunteer was extremely helpful answering all sorts of questions about the lighthouse, its history and current and future plans. The views from the lighthouse are wonderful and opportunities for some great photos abound.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lfiebert
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Our group of 4 adults and 2 children (aged 10 & 5 years old) stayed one night at the Hostel located here. We had checked the Tide Schedule before we went and decided to get there early so we could spend some time at the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank GottaBeGreat88
Reviewed February 5, 2019

I got here just as the sun was setting and stayed for some twilight exploration. The museum was closed for the day but i walked around and read the signs. I would love to come back and stay at the hostel sometime, just bring a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank craigcN9891HF
Reviewed February 4, 2019

The pigeon point light station is right off CA1 and can be seen while driving by. When we visited, the light station was undergoing renovation and the fresnel lens used in the illumination setup was put up for display. What an impressive piece of engineering!...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Sravanthi S
May 1, 2019|
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Response from arjunlalb | Reviewed this property |
The lighthouse is currently undergoing repairs and I don't know if its active at night. Weather can be really unpredictable too. I have tried to go here for night sky shoots a couple times. Both times, I had to return... More
Shawna B
July 23, 2018|
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Response from huntress47 | Reviewed this property |
I've been stopping at Pigeon Point for many years and have never known the inside to be open to the public, but the grounds around are open during certain hours. If you are staying in the hostel, you pretty much have 24 hour... More
December 21, 2016|
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Response from LucianoLeon | Reviewed this property |
Actually, I would recommend that you have a flashlight. There are lights around, but not a sufficient amount to really light up the area.